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Volume 18-26 | 6.26.18
MHLS Board Candidates Sought
Three candidates sought to fill MHLS Board of Trustees seats: The election of MHLS trustees will be an item of business at the Mid-Hudson Library System's Annual Membership Meeting, Friday, November 2, 2018. MHLS is governed by a fifteen-member board, three trustees from each of the five counties served. Nominations are due prior to August 1, 2018.
Send name(s) and contact information of nominee(s) to Julie DeLisle, Chair of the Columbia County Library Directors Association: 518.392.3666 or
Send name(s) and contact information of nominee(s) to Michele Capozzella, Chair of the Putnam County Library Directors Association: 845.628.2009 or
Send name(s) and contact information of nominee(s) to Margie Menard, Chair of the Ulster County Library Directors Association: 845.331.0507 or
MHLS Announcements

MHLS will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. There will be no deliveries and the MHLS ticket system will not be monitored.

"Resilience," by MHLS Coordinator for Library Sustainability Rebekkah Smith Aldrich , is the first volume to be published in a new series from the American Library Association's Center for the Future of Libraries. The new series focus on emerging trends in the profession, provoking discussion on how to shape the future by sharing ideas and exploring joint solutions to the challenges facing libraries and society. Read more about this new book at
Professional Development
OverDrive Webinars:
For more information and to register please visit

Library Programming for All Abilities: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 from 9:30 am-12:30 pm at the Southeastern NY Library Resources Council in Highland, NY. Trainer: Amy Smith, Red Hook Public Library.
Libraries want to serve their full communities, but frequently don't have the budget nor staffing to program for children and adults with special needs. Families of individuals with special needs often can't take advantage of public programming. Yet, they're looking for more opportunities for their loved ones to socialize, learn and have fun; opportunities public libraries can provide.

Using the model of the All Abilities Programs at Red Hook Public Library, participants will hear how one small, public library developed a range of programs for patrons with special needs, including programs for adults, teens, children and families.

Cost: $25 for members, including affiliate members (MHLS, RCLS, BOCES & ESLN members) $40 for non-members. Register online at
Reference & Collection Development

The collection from PBS' The Great American Read is available on
New On Demand Webinars Available for Databases Available at every MHLS member Library:

ChiltonLibrary webinar
(22 minutes)
ChiltonLibrary supplies a solution for the automotive "do-it-yourselfer" with repair, maintenance and specification tables provide critical data on thousands of domestic and imported models of cars and light trucks. This webinar covers how to select a year, make, and model, and navigate repair, maintenance, recall information, and more!

Opposing Viewpoints in Context webinar
(30 minutes) 
Opposing Viewpoints in Context delivers credible facts and current insight into today's most debated political and social issues with viewpoints, reference articles, videos, infographics, and more. This webinar covers search and navigation strategies, document tools, and more!

Research in Context webinar
(30 minutes)  
Research In Context supports middle school students with videos, reference, periodicals, primary sources, and more covering the most frequently studied and researched topics within core subjects like science, social studies, literature, and history. This webinar covers search and browse navigation, document tools, and classroom-relevant features for teachers and students.
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Job Openings
Library Clerk, Red Hook Public Library
Red Hook Public Library is seeking a positive, energetic library clerk to work 12-20 hours per week.
Applicants must be flexible, responsible, proficient with a wide range of technology, and have obsessive attention to detail. Successful applicants will be committed to providing exemplary service to patrons while ensuring patron privacy.
The selected applicant will be joining a dedicated, collaborative, creative team and have the pleasure of working in a fun, engaging environment with plenty of opportunity to grow.
Applicants must be high school graduates with working knowledge of computers, Microsoft Office products, and the internet.  Familiarity with the Sierra integrated library system is a plus, as is library experience and a healthy sense of humor. References will be requested.
The position offers a wage of $11 per hour with no benefits.  This is a non-competitive Civil Service position. Regular schedule will include weekdays, evenings, and occasional Saturdays.

Résumés & meaningful cover letters may be sent to
Program Assistant, Red Hook Public Library
  • Assist in promoting library use, especially programs and special services, for all ages.
  • Establish positive working relationships with staff and patrons as well as community organizations and community residents and visitors.
  • Respect diverse cultures and experiences.
  • Exhibit flexibility and a willingness to work in a dynamic, busy, and changing environment.
  • Participate in continuing education opportunities, attending trainings, seminars, committees and other professional development activities; reading professional literature; attending and participating in staff, system, and regional discussions.
  • Follow oral and written instructions.
  • Communicate effectively in both oral, written, phone and email forms.
  • Expect to work a variety of hours including occasional weekends and evenings.
  • Administer and implement applicable grants.
  • Work at the desk, including all duties of a library clerk.
  • Work with Program Coordinator and administration to develop and present programming for adults.
    • Conceive, develop, and market programming in innovative ways.
    • Create flyers, press releases, and talking points to promote programs.
    • Present programming outside the library and in partnership with schools and other organizations.
    • Prepare program plans, supplies, and materials in a timely manner.
    • Set up, facilitate, clean up, and evaluate programs.
    • Develop programming with a very limited budget in mind.
  • Develop, present, or help with programs for children and teens as needed.
  • Coordinate the Homebound Delivery Service, services for the visually impaired, and other special services as required.
Bachelor's degree preferred. Must possess prior professional experience working with youth and adults in group settings. Excellent verbal and written communication skills needed. Working knowledge of computers and the internet required.

This is a non-competitive civil service position. It starts at $12/hour for 12-20 hours per week and includes weekdays, evenings, and Saturdays. There are no benefits.  Résumés  & meaningful cover letters may be sent to

Red Hook Public Library has been serving the community of Red Hook and its need for lifelong learning since 1898. In 1935, the library made its home in a mid-nineteenth century octagonal building based on the designs of Orson Squire Fowler. Since 2013, it has been designated a five-star library by Library Journal, and in 2015 was a finalist for the Best Small Library in America Award, given by Library Journal and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2015 it was awarded the Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award.

Social Media Specialist, East Fishkill Public Library District

The East Fishkill Public Library District has an immediate opening for a part-time position to manage the Library's Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram accounts; coordinate posts to programming schedule; create new approaches to engaging the community and manage web page posts in order to increase community engagement and to increase the Library's local visibility.

  • Build and execute social media campaigns
  • Generate, edit, publish and share daily content (original text, images, video or HTML) that builds meaningful connections and encourages community members to take action
  • Set up and optimize company pages within each platform to increase the visibility of company's social content
  • Collaborate with other library departments to promote events and post blog content
  • Proven working experience in social media
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrable social networking experience and social analytics tools knowledge
  • Flexible but some weekends and nights may be required
  • 12 hours per week at $16 per hour
Interested individuals send résumé to Gloria Goverman via email with the subject line "Social Media Specialist".